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High Summer Hazards [Jul. 20th, 2013|10:35 am]
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A three foot long rattlesnake crossed my running trail this morning. In the end, it was less scary than the bad haircut I got this week. Probably because I saw the snake coming and managed to avoid it.
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Couldn't Finish It [Jun. 11th, 2013|01:46 pm]
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"Moby-Dick is probably second only to War and Peace as a cultural byword for a long, difficult book that unnerves even the most gung-ho readers with its web of digressions and literary and cultural references."
--Shmoop

Ahab's Wife is a perfect companion. It was given to me by a friend, but I couldn't suffer my way through it. Rambly? Yes. Preachy? Yes. Tedious? Yes.

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Goat Love [Feb. 14th, 2013|01:34 pm]
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Happy Valentine's Day, F-list!

My valentine went ice climbing this morning with a dude we now share as a climbing partner. I'm a little jealous of their bromantic adventure, tbh...

image credit: Canus Goat's Milk Skin Care Products

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Rules of Civility, Amor Towles [May. 26th, 2012|09:57 am]
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I loved this book. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles.

Set in 1930's Depression-era New York, it was full of complex, likable characters, plot twists that I didn't see coming (there were niggling hints!), and settings, settings, settings. The writing is so enjoyable that I found myself going back and reading some of his passages twice. The similes, the metaphors, the descriptions of jazz music and smoky clubs... Despite what the cover and opening scene may tell you, it has as much to do with the serendipity of one's life path, choices, and integrity as it does with upper-class New York and meeting Prince Charming. (The main character is the daughter of Russian immigrants.) Towles has certainly captured all the nuances and contradictions of the characters within. I liked it so much that I'm on my second reading.  

I'll let you judge the rest for yourself, should you decide to pick it up.


The weather sucks here this weekend and my climbing plans have been reshuffled twice. Didn't think Baby Y would like camping in a canyon with a 30 degree low and 50% chance of rain. Poor kid, getting a crazy mom like me. 


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Skiing with a Helmet [Jan. 8th, 2012|07:46 am]
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Posting this in regards to last year's discussion about putting a lid on it while skiing:

Skiing with a Helmet, NYT

Also, this tidbit popped out at me: "Many snow boarders and downhill skiers prefer the sound of music to the sound of their skis (though some ski instructors say that listening to music is a dangerous distraction)"  For the record, I think it's a distraction too.

All right, I'm going to go be scarce again. 

 


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Finally! He's here! [Jul. 26th, 2011|05:40 am]
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Yarrow Bowen
July 25, 2011
(pictures forthcoming)

I was hoping for a natural delivery, but Baby Y's umbilical cord was wrapped twice around his neck so his heart beat was dropping as labor contractions intensified. They pulled him out by C-section. His Apgar scores were high, but doc suggested I teach him a better place to tie in to his climbing rope than his neck. We're in love with him already.

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I heard the Boy Wonder say, "It's Matt!" and then I turned... [Oct. 23rd, 2010|11:25 am]
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[music |Ballad of Miss Kate-Matt Costa]


Last night we went to a concert by one of our absolute favorite musicians, Matt Costa.  Being five quarters quirky, Matt decided to make his entrance with his full band via the audience.  So... guess who he stopped EXACTLY RIGHT IN FRONT OF for the full harmonica jam of Miss Magnolia? Right, us.

So rad.

ETA: If you're questioning the quirky, just watch this.
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Summiting The Chief [Jul. 9th, 2010|01:23 am]
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Wednesday, after 11 hours and approximately 2,000 feet of climbing, we topped out on the Stawamus Chief.  The Chief is located about an hour north of Vancouver along the panoramic Sea to Sky highway.  

Wednesday also happened to be our wedding anniversary.

Photos from our route...Collapse )
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A Slug's Life [Jul. 8th, 2010|09:13 pm]
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Discovery Channel at the crag...Collapse )
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FANFICTION [Apr. 27th, 2009|08:14 pm]
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Fanfiction is now being posted here. F-list or not, everyone is welcome!
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